Chicken Soup Recall, Food Safety

In a nutshell: A chicken noodle soup label really contains cream of chicken soup. Milk is an allergen not declared on the label. The soup is sold at Wal-Mart. From the Bay Valley Foods press release WASHINGTON, April 30, 2011 – Bay Valley Foods, LLC, a Pittsburgh, Pa., establishment is recalling approximately 188,181 pounds of Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup because it may contain an undeclared allergen. The product label indicates that the can contains Chicken Noodle Soup; however, it may contain Cream of Chicken Soup. The product was prepared using an ingredient blend that contained milk, a known allergen,
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50 Shots of America–Oklahoma

The countdown has now begun, folks, as we’re making our way through the final 5 in our cocktail tour of the United States we’re also just now getting to the territories that reached statehood in the twentieth century! ~~~oOo~~~ OOOOOOOOOk-lahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains… (C’mon, tell me that’s not the first thing you do when you hear Oklahoma. It is the state song, after all, so I guess it’s meant to be just that memorable.) Originally the Indian Territory–home to both native settlements as well as where the displaced tribes of the southeast were packed off
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Key Ingredients – Oracle, Ariz. Historical Society

The last day to see this fabulous (free) Smithsonian Exhibit is May 1 at the Oracle Historical Society. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call ahead and request a docent – 520.896.9609. Enjoy a fun-filled look at the way Americans harvest, raise, prepare, eat and celebrate food. Sorry for the late notice but I just saw it last weekend.  Do I think it’s worth the drive to Oracle? You bet especially since Oracle is 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Tucson. Food is the very foundation for our society. Food is historical. Food is cultural. Food
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Restaurant Excess: Overrated Ingredients

  Zagat just came out with a list of eight overrated ingredients that chefs use. Here’s a few of their rants: Bacon Quinoa Pork belly Kobe beef Truffle oil Just curious — what ingredients whether on your restaurant plate or in your pantry, do you think is overrated? Even though I love anything with blood orange including the whole fruit, I think it’s a bit pretentious because the blood orange season is so limited. Blood orange puree must be available year around. One of my favorite bartenders here in Tucson — Aaron at Hotel Congress — makes a mean margarita
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Reviving an Easter Tradition

When I was a little girl, we lived with my grandmother for a few years before moving several states away from all of our extended family. Of that time, holidays always seem to stand out in my memories. Easter was no exception. We’d color eggs the night before, making sure that each egg bore the name of a family member and then, before I went to bed, we’d leave the carton with the colored eggs out on the table. In the morning I’d get up, run to the kitchen table and peer up at all the eggs nestled amongst that
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Chowder House

Over the weekend, I was very busy for the Easter holiday. On top of it being Easter, my mom’s birthday was Saturday. For her birthday, we went to a new restaurant I had never been to. It is located in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and called Chowder House. Although I had never been there before, my mom picked the restaurant because she loves the place and goes there pretty frequently. When you first walk in this restaurant, it is like no other place in the valley. The restaurant use to be a coffee shop before and the original owner hand painted
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Brunch – A most civilized time to dine

Brunch is seriously my most favorite meal. The time frame – roughly from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  – fits ideally into a lazy weekend meal. The name alone conjures up images of egg casseroles, cinnamon buns, baked ham, roast beef, fancy fruit salads…really just about anything works. A brunch buffet is the way to go if you have house guests. With a little bit of planning, much of the food can be made ahead of time so that you too can enjoy all the fixings. McCormick & Company, Inc. has developed some great recipes to help you in this
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Earth Day- Go Get a Free Cup of Coffee

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate Earth Day, starting at 5 am today, Starbucks will be giving away free coffee if you bring in your own travel mug. They are doing this to create a better awareness for earth day and to cut down on the cups (paper) given out with their coffee products. So go out today and get your free cup of coffee!!   Related articles Earth Day Freebies 2011 (livingrichwithcoupons.com) Earth Day Freebie: FREE Coffee at Caribou Coffee (forthemommas.com)
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EPA: Stop putting toxic methyl iodide on strawberries!

From the Food Democracy Now press release It’s springtime again and soon it will be summer and children across the country will be enjoying one of their favorite fruits — strawberries. Unfortunately, due to a poor decision last year by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, America’s children will continue to be exposed to the toxic pesticide methyl iodide. [1] Known as “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth”, methyl iodide is a proven cancer causing agent as well as an endocrine disruptor and powerful neurotoxin. Allowing it to be sprayed on one of
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Easter Carrot Cupcakes

I found this great recipe online because I am in charge of making the dessert for my grandma’s house on Easter. This recipe seems simple enough but has a great presentation and is very fun for easter. I’m going to be making it this weekend so you should try it too and let me know how it turns out!             Carrot Cupcakes Recipe: 1 cup (110 grams) pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons
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